Paul Heckingbottom sacked by Leeds United after 115 days in charge as former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa emerges as shock favourite to become club's 11th manager in five years

Paul Heckingbottom has been sacked by Leeds United after 115 days in charge Leeds have paid £500,000 to break manager Heckingbottom's contract Former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa is the club's top target to replace him

01 June 2018 - 14:35

Leeds United's trigger-happy owners have wielded the axe again by sacking Paul Heckingbottom.

Yorkshireman Paul Heckingbottom — who was informed of his newfound unemployment while on holiday — lasted just 115 days in the Elland Road hot-seat and won only four of his 16 games in charge.

Leeds paid £500,000 — working out as £125,000 per win — to rip up Heckingbottom's contract and Sportsmail understands the Championship club want former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa as his replacement. 


Ex-Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa is the club's top target to replace manager Heckingbottom

Ex-Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa is the club's top target to replace manager Heckingbottom

It is believed negotiations with Bielsa are underway and reports in Spain suggest Leeds are optimistic about pushing through a deal.

Bielsa would become United's 11th different manager in just over five years, with Neil Redfearn (caretaker), Brian McDermott, Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Uwe Rosler, Steve Evans, Garry Monk, Thomas Christiansen and Heckingbottom taking turns in the dugout since Neil Warnock departed on April 1, 2013.

Leeds managing director Angus Kinnear said in statement on the club's website: 'On behalf of the Board of Directors at Leeds United I would like to thank Paul for the commitment and passion he has demonstrated since he joined the club earlier this year. Paul came to us during a difficult period in the season and has conducted himself in an exemplary manner despite results not going as any of us had hoped.

'Our objective is to bring in a Head Coach with more experience who can help us reach the goals we have talked about since we became custodians of the club last summer. We are confident of making a quick appointment and we thank our fans for their continued support.' 


Heckingbottom was on holiday when Leeds broke news of his sacking, which cost  £500,000

Heckingbottom was on holiday when Leeds broke news of his sacking, which cost £500,000


Bielsa's last role was at Lille, while he has also led Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Lazio and Chile

Bielsa's last role was at Lille, while he has also led Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Lazio and Chile

Bielsa — with stints at Newell's Old Boys, Atlas, Velez Sarsfield, Espanyol, Argentina, Chile, Athletic Bilbao, Marseille and Lazio on his managerial CV — is certainly not short of experience.

He has previously been described as the 'best coach in the world' by Pep Guardiola.

The 62-year-old is also a former mentor to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Bielsa famously led Athletic Bilbao to a two-legged Europa League win against Manchester United in 2012.

His last job was in charge of Lille in Ligue 1.

Assistant manager Jamie Clapham, head of fitness Nathan Winder and analyst Alex Bailey have also left Leeds along with Heckingbottom. 



Source: daily mail
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